JOHOR BARU - The MCA has highlighted 11 state seats in Johor that have to be strengthened in order to win back voters in the next general election, party deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said.
He said these included the Stulang, Johor Jaya, Parit Yaani and Bekoh state seats where the party lost to their opponents by between 3 per cent to 8 per cent in votes in the general election last year.
"These also include Pulai Sebatang and Paloh where we won because we should never take the voters for granted," he said at a press conference after launching the Johor Baru MCA service centre in Taman Kebun Teh here yesterday.
The party traditionally would contest in 16 state seats and seven parliamentary seats in Johor, which has 56 state and 26 parliamentary seats.
Dr Wee said the Teluk Intan and Kajang by-elections showed positive signs where there was a return of Chinese votes.
The feat could be repeated if the right mechanism was applied, he said.
"We need to show the people that we are working for them in solving their problems," he said, encouraging party members and MCA local councillors to work with Johor Baru MP Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad to provide better services to the people.
He also encouraged them to organise more activities especially on weekends to get closer to the people, besides their usual services on weekdays.
"The launch of this new centre means that we are serious about winning back the Stulang state seat, which was lost to DAP in the 13th general election," he said.
Shahrir was also positive about the Gelang Patah parliamentary seat, saying that MCA under its division chief Jason Teoh could have favourable results for all the work he had done there.